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Science Wants More Dogs That Can Smell Low Blood Sugar in Diabetics

December 20, 2012
Source: The Atlantic Wire

In a just-published report on the burgeoning field of service dogs trained to assist diabetics, The Wall Street Journal's Kate Linebaugh gives the example of an eight-year-old girl named Abbie who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age four and could slip into a coma at night if her blood sugar dips suddenly. That's why Abbie's family keeps Gracie, a 70-pound Labrador, around. "The scenting part comes naturally," Abbie's mom told the paper. "They are hunting blood sugars instead of ducks."

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